Mallory Shelbourne

About Mallory Shelbourne

Mallory Shelbourne is a reporter for USNI News. She previously covered the Navy for Inside Defense and reported on politics for The Hill.


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Congress Approves Waiver for Lloyd Austin to Serve as SECDEF

Congress Approves Waiver for Lloyd Austin to Serve as SECDEF

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III reacts to a question about being married for 41 years during his Senate Armed Forces Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. Jan. 19, 2021. DOD Photo

This post has been updated to reflect the Senate’s passage of the waiver for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin.

The House and Senate on Thursday both voted to pass legislation granting a waiver for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as President Joe Biden’s secretary of defense. Read More

Marine Corps to Stand Up First Marine Littoral Regiment in FY 2022

Marine Corps to Stand Up First Marine Littoral Regiment in FY 2022

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, demonstrate expeditionary advanced basing capabilities Oct. 7 to 8, 2020, as part of Exercise Noble Fury, from Okinawa to Ie Shima and across surrounding waters. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps plans to officially form the new unit designed to execute its island-hopping strategy in the Indo-Pacific next fiscal year, according to a service spokesman. Read More

SECDEF Nominee Austin Affirms Threat From China, Will ‘Update’ National Defense Strategy

SECDEF Nominee Austin Affirms Threat From China, Will ‘Update’ National Defense Strategy

Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin responds to a question during his Senate Armed Forces Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 2021. DoD Photo

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Defense Department plans to take another look at the National Defense Strategy should he be confirmed, he told lawmakers on Tuesday. Read More

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group CO: Interactions with Chinese Navy Not Changing Significantly

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group CO: Interactions with Chinese Navy Not Changing Significantly

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 12, 2021. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. US Navy Photo

While the Chinese Navy is building up its fleet, it isn’t operating more aggressively toward U.S. ships in the region, according to the commander of a carrier strike group currently deployed to the Indo-Pacific. Read More

Courtney, Wittman Predict Biden Administration Will Stick With Current Navy Trajectory

Courtney, Wittman Predict Biden Administration Will Stick With Current Navy Trajectory

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and the Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG-59) transit the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

The top lawmakers overseeing Navy policy are optimistic the service can continue on its current trajectory of building a bigger fleet to take on threats in the Pacific under the Biden administration.
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